Last year, Johnson & Wales University hosted a Food Service and Hospitality Career Fair at the Providence campus. JWU Online attended the event and asked prospective employers about the types of people they want working for their companies. Here’s what they said.
JWU Online: What makes a candidate stand out to you?
Sid Wainer & Son: “Someone with a passion for food and a creative mind. Someone who knows how to roll up their sleeves and is looking to grow. Overall, we’re looking for a person with a good attitude.”
Darden Restaurant Group: “We’re looking for someone who’s high-energy and has a great attitude. Those are the most important traits because we can teach all of the other stuff.”
Cristen & CO: “In the wedding industry, a candidate needs to be trendy. I’m looking for someone who has a great sense of style, is personable, is driven, and who knows the trends of the industry.”
WaterFire Providence: “Definitely someone with volunteer experience. Someone who has a good network and who has real-world work experience.”
Wegmans: “We’re looking for a values match. Someone who is passionate, caring, has great customer service skills, and has the same values as our company.”
American Cruise Lines: “Someone who is eager, optimistic, has a positive attitude, and is willing to learn.”
Whole Foods Market: “Someone who is professional, enthusiastic, and excited. Someone who stands out from the crowd and isn’t the same as every other applicant I get.”
Chipotle Mexican Grill: “I’m looking for a person who is hospitable, happy, confident, and has a good attitude.”
Newport Grand Casino: “We’re Looking for someone who is a self-starter and is motivated. Enthusiasm is a must. We love JWU grads because we know we’re always getting good, qualified candidates who know exactly what types of jobs they want to work in.”
Trinity Repertory Company: “This company is looking for well-rounded people with a lot of experience. Someone who’s passionate and willing to learn.”
Kirkbrae Country Club: “I’m looking for a candidate who is confident. Confidence drives results.”
Still looking for career advice? According to Liz Roche, Experiential Education Coordinator at JWU, the most important thing she can tell someone hoping to get a job in their field is to network.
“Network, network, network,” she said. “Make connections who can speak to your moral character.”
If you are a current JWU student and are looking to connect with Experiential Education and Career Services, click here. For more information on how JWU Online can you help you pursue your career goals, contact us at 855-JWU-1881 or email@example.com. You can also fill out the “Request Info” form on this page.